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All-Rhône Reds Blind-Tasting

Last thursday we were about 10 wine-buddies gathering at our generous host Nick‘s home for a blind-tasting of red Rhône wines. This time there were absolutely no limits as all reds from all-over the Rhône-region were permitted, drastically differentiating it from our last tasting at Nick’s when only Southern Rhône reds were allowed, as well as from the last blind tasting at my place where boundaries were set by the Syrah varietal, originally stemming from that area but now being planted all over Planet Wine.

This means that each of the 12 bottles we popped that night could be anything from Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage to Côtes du Ventoux and Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, hence also mixing single-varietal wines with those that represent cuvées. As you can see, with each blind-tasting we are slowly encircling what both Rhône and Syrah have to offer. Are we gonna grasp the essence of it tonight? Dream on, dreamer.. Read the rest of this entry »

2001 Domaine du Trapadis “Harys”, Rasteau, Côtes Du Rhône Villages

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I like Rhône wines. Drinking them often feels like bumping into an old friend you haven’t seen for a long time. There is that certitude that old friend is gonna tell you some anecdotes from past adventures. The same kind of reliability applies to Rhône wines…when you pop open a bottle; chances are it still has those anecdotes from back in the days inside. It has a tendency to keep this youthful fire for ages, together with Read the rest of this entry »

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2001 Les Adrès, Domaine Du Trapadis, Rasteau, Côtes Du Rhône

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Der 2001er Les Adrès vom Domaine du Trapadis ist mit seinen 7 Jahren auf dem Papier ein Côtes Du Rhône im absolut trinkreifem Alter. Im Glas hat sich das dann auch sehr schön bestätigt. Read the rest of this entry »

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